“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin
Ever wanted to shut out all the noise and immerse yourself in music? You can literally do that in these musical buildings, designed to create an unforgettable, melodious experience.
A Building That Plays Music When It Rains – Neustadt Kunsthofpassage, Dresden, Germany
The Neustadt Kunsthofpassage is an artistic neighbourhood in Dresden with surreal buildings. This building has the rainwater drainage system replaced by trombone-shaped gutters and fancy zigzag acoustic pipes, designed to make it start “Singing in the Rain”.
Metaphone – Oignies, Pas-de-Calais, France
The Metaphone is a concert hall from within and musical instrument from without, covered with plates that can be vibrated from the music control room to produce notes.
The building also acts as an acoustic amplifier for instruments played on the front deck. (images:Inhabitat)
Experience Music Project – Seattle, Washington, USA
The EMP designed by Frank O. Gehry attempting to convey the fluidity of music is reminiscent of a deconstructed Fender Stratocaster. Deeply dividing architecture critics, with some describing it as a “blob” or “hemorrhoids” and some as an “amazing homage to music”, this undulating building houses a huge collection of famous guitars as well as a Sound Lab where you can bring out the musician in you.
Grand Guitar – Bristol, Tennessee, USA
The Grand Guitar is a museum inside a Martin guitar with the sound hole as a window! Housing a rare collection of some unusual instruments and music memorabilia, this is a cool place to find some musical souvenirs.
Piano and Violin House – Huainan, An Hui, China
Enter the building through a door in the transparent violin, take the escalator up the violin to the grand piano. It’s no wonder the locals consider it the most romantic building in China.
Vittala Temple – Hampi, Karnataka, India
The Vittala Temple may not look like a musical instrument, but the monolithic pillars of its Maha-Mantapa produce musical notes when tapped. There are similar musical pillars in the Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai.